The Mayor's Notebook: Passing the Torch
I am proud to have the confidence of so many citizens to continue to lead the City of Keller as mayor. The outpouring of support and encouragement grows stronger each day. My tenure as mayor is defined by a purpose-driven vision and intentional steps to improve Keller. Improvements over the past three years include explosive growth in our commercial business; achieving two of the best years ever, with major projects in 2017 and 2018 already planned and under construction. We experienced significant strides in promoting unity within Keller via new organizations and events such as our Keller Pastoral Alliance, our National Day of Prayer and Community Day. We also strengthened our local nonprofits under the Keller Chamber leadership. One of the biggest accomplishments includes the largest capital investment campaigns to rebuild Old Town Keller, improve and widen major intersections and roadways, our first major renovations to Bear Creek Park and The Keller Pointe, and the addition of a new dog park. We did all this with fiscal transparency and discipline.
We have set in place five-year plans for our park improvements, water infrastructure, road improvements and fire station renovations, and outlined a strategy that keeps tax dollars working efficiently by selling city properties that are not needed for future services to generate a return on investment to taxpayers. We have accomplished all of this while lowering the property tax rate three years in a row and increasing the homestead exemption for residents.
There is much more to do. I have a number of ideas about Keller’s future and how to prepare the community for the next 25 years of unprecedented growth that will occur in Northeast Tarrant County. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is projected to double its population over the next 25 years. Keller is 85% built out residentially and 80% commercially; so we need a clear vision with strong leadership to maximize the final development opportunities we have in Keller.
I am honored to have served as Keller’s mayor. I am proud to have worked on behalf of the citizens of Keller for more than six years in appointed and elected positions, but I have decided not to seek re-election in 2017. I want to encourage others to run for office. We need citizens with a passion to help neighbors and to do what’s right for the good of the many; not the few. That principle is what America is founded on.
Your voice needs to be heard. You need to exercise your right to identify, support and elect the next mayor who will continue to champion progress and development that truly propels Keller in a very competitive environment.
Thank you for the privilege of serving Keller. Please continue to pray for our city and our future leaders.
Mayor Mark Mathews